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Sleep

Having a bout of insomnia during a stressful time of your life is annoying and disruptive enough, but many people suffer from chronic insomnia that can continue for years, or even decades. We know how miserable we feel if we don’t get enough sleep for one night, but the effect of little or poor quality sleep night after night can not only make it impossible to function, but can also lead to mood problems like anxiety, depression, irritability and weight gain.

The internet is full of basic and somewhat obvious suggestions about how to deal with mild insomnia, but people with chronic insomnia have tried all of that already. What they need is proper treatment.  

It's Not Either Or

If you're already taking a pharmaceutical drug to deal with chronic insomnia, you don't have to stop taking it in order to get treatment with TCM.  It is possible to treat the root of why you have insomnia even while you're managing the symptom with the drug.  At some point, you will need to stop taking it in order to test whether you still need it, but only when you're ready.

Treat the Root Cause of Insomnia with TCM

When you take a pharmaceutical drug for insomnia, it is important to understand that it does nothing to treat the root cause of the problem.  If you stop taking the drug, the insomnia will still be there. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can treat the root of why you have insomnia, so that you can get to sleep with ease and without ceaseless treatment.  

In TCM, insomnia has several different causes. To treat insomnia, it is necessary to know if you have other symptoms, too. If you have insomnia and food sensitivities, you will get different treatment than someone else who has insomnia and high blood pressure, or someone who has insomnia and hot flashes.  By determining which type of insomnia you have, we can choose which acupuncture points and which ingredients to use in your herbal medicine formula.  

4 Common Ways You

Can Experience Insomnia

  1. It takes too long to fall asleep.

  2. You wake up during the night once or more (often at the same time each night).

  3. You wake up earlier than you want to and you can’t fall back to sleep again.

  4. You slept long enough, but don’t feel rested when you wake up in the morning.